Christmas has come early for the Salvation Army Foodbank in Gainsborough after a donation from the Lincolnshire Co-op.
In total, £4,500 worth of food will be donated in £250 packages to 18 food banks around the county.
Each pack contains 418 products including 24 tins of peas, 12 jars of pasta sauce, 12 bags of porridge oats and 24 litres of UHT milk.
The donation comes as the Trussell Trust reports a 170 per cent rise in the number of people turning to food banks in the last 12 months.
Food banks are designed to help people experiencing a short term crisis. Care agencies give a client a voucher which is handed over at a food bank in return for three days’ worth of food.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s supply chain manager Nicola Berry said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support people in our communities and we know that our donation will help the food banks to provide for many people in need over the festive period.”
Members of Lincolnshire Co-op can do their bit to support their local food bank by selecting them as their chosen Community Champion by logging on to www.lincolnshire.coop and picking from the central list of champions.
This means every time they shop and use their dividend card a donation from the Community Champions pot will go to their chosen food bank all year round.